Fantino Polanco

Vice Minister of Industrial Development

Ministry of Industry, Trade and SMEs

Partnership opportunities

I am looking forward to share my thoughts and experiences as a Dominican policy maker and also to get the chance to know international best practices on industrial development matters such as innovation in manufacturing, digital transformation, industrial promotion during the covid-19 era, development and building a quality national infrastructure and promoting access to public market to the micro, small and medium industries

Since August 2020 and in the middle of the pandemic I have been promoting several public policies  in the industrial sector of the Dominican Republic in the areas of innovation, digital transformation, and also managing the creation of the first Dominican’s quality national infrastructure. Those experiences have given me the opportunity to work with several partners, stakeholders and institutions from all over the country and international allies. I think that this experience as a policy maker from a small and a developing country is the value that I can offer to my colleagues talking to them and learning from them. 

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Nicole Griensewic

Executive Director

Region Nine Development Commission in Minnesota


Griensewic has served as Executive Director of Region Nine Development Commission since 2012. As executive director, Griensewic has made it a priority to foster collaboration and engagement by sharing Region Nine’s story both regionally and globally. Griensewic is an active board and committee member for multiple organizations throughout Minnesota. Griensewic is the immediate past President of the Greater Minnesota Partnership, and is the first female to chair the Executive Committee for the University of Minnesota’s Center for Transportation Studies, where she served as chair of the Governance Committee. Griensewic also served as secretary of Lutheran Social Services of Minnesota’s Governing Board of Directors and chaired the Governance Committee and currently serves as an advisory board member for South Central College’s Center for Agriculture. She serves on the executive committee for the MACS Board, Minnesotans for the American Community Survey Board of Directors and represents the Midwest on the National Assoc. of Development Orgs.’s (NADO) Board of Directors.

Griensewic is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire and has completed course work through Harvard’s Kennedy School’s Executive Education. She received the 2017 Outstanding Recent Alumnus Award from the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire.

Her professional background includes extensive private sector and non-profit leadership experience.